It's time to start talking paper football again, with the sizzling two-a-days of Ravens training camp just over a month away.

These past few months, we watched the Ravens complete a blockbuster deal, sign a few free agents and restock their cupboards at the draft. They had one of the NFL's best offseasons. Now let's see how they stack up against their AFC North rivals on paper.

Today, I tackle the offenses. I'll rank the defenses next Thursday.

1) Baltimore Ravens: For a decade, the Ravens relied on a dominating defense to win games. Now, at long last, they appear to have an offense capable of winning shootouts if the defense plays like Betty White out there.

It wasn't pieced together overnight. The Ravens spent four of their five first-round picks from 2005-09 on offense, including quarterback Joe Flacco in 2008 and left tackle Michael Oher a year later.

Last season, the Ravens relied on Ray Rice (right, photo by AP) — the AFC North's most dynamic offensive playmaker — and the division's best offensive line to bully their way to the divisional round of the playoffs. Led by the NFL's fifth-ranked rushing attack, the Ravens averaged 24.4 points per game.


Expect them to be more balanced and even more dangerous this season after overhauling the receiving corps. Adding Anquan Boldin, Donte' Stallworth and a pair of rookie tight ends — and bringing back Derrick Mason — has players and fans alike excited about the potential of the passing game. Mason told The Sporting News he thinks the Ravens "have a good shot to score 25-35 points a game" with their shiny new toys. The development of Flacco, the grinning kid who can't wait to play with those toys, will determine whether they score closer to 25 points or 35.

2) Pittsburgh Steelers: While Flacco was meeting with Boldin and Stallworth to get in extra offseason reps, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger met with attorneys to sort out his troubling offseason activities in Georgia.
Meanwhile, his best receiver, Ravens nemesis Santonio Holmes, packed his bags for New York after a trade to the Jets.

The Steelers cleaned up their act, but will their offense struggle as a result?

Not so fast. Big Ben will be back after a four-to-six game suspension. Wideout Mike Wallace has breakout potential. And the Steelers will get back to pounding the rock, which Rashard Mendenhall and company are more than capable of.

3) Cincinnati Bengals: You know Chad Ochocinco has the Bengals at No. 1 on his list. Cincinnati signing speedy but brittle wideout Antonio Bryant and drafting tight end Jermaine Gresham gives Carson Palmer options other than Ocho in the passing game. But the moves aren't enough to vault the Bengals past the Ravens and Steelers, at least on my list. Sorry, Ocho.

4) Cleveland Browns: Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson are gone — that's a plus. But even with a new QB (INT machine Jake Delhomme) and a new offense, the Browns won't be much better than they were a year ago, when they finished dead last in total offense. Outside of a solid offensive line, there's not a lot to like about Cleveland. Just ask LeBron.

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